Ericsson Press Releases

Ericsson introduces S868 dual band mobile phone

Tuesday, September 15, 1998

Ericsson introduces the S868, a new mobile phone offering advanced dual band capabilities. Working on both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 networks, the S868 improves international roaming and reduces the occurrence of dropped calls.

With GSM subscription continuing to expand globally, Ericsson’s S868 dual band phone is designed to prevent network overload on GSM 900 and GSM 1800 networks. The phone allows for seamless handover between the networks and offers heavy users better roaming and call efficiency.

The S868 is a GSM Phase 2 phone and has advanced features such as Enhanced Full Rate (EFR) speech coding, which provides the user with speech and reception quality comparable to that of fixed line phones.

“The demand for dual band mobile phones will be very strong by the turn of the millennium. GSM network operators are already feeling the heat of overloaded networks and they’re looking for solutions. Ericsson’s S868 provides operators with the ability to solve capacity problems,” said Jan Ahrenbring, Vice President Marketing and Communications, Ericsson Mobile Communications. “For mobile phone users, the dual band capabilities and EFR voice technology are a potent combination that makes the Ericsson S 868 a top-of-the-line mobile telephony product.”

Mobile phone users today are becoming more demanding and require better service from operators and phone manufacturers. One of the last things they want to experience are problems with an overloaded network. The S868, using both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 frequencies, allows network operators to increase capacity in densely populated urban areas and improve coverage. The switching of the two systems is done automatically so that the mobile phone user won’t notice it.

The S868 is equipped with many of the same features and software as the SH888, Ericsson’s flagship dual band phone, with the difference being that the SH888 also utilizes infrared technology and an in-built PC card. With a sturdy magnesium frame and a stylish gray color, the S868 offers up to 6 hours and 40 minutes of talk time or 120 hours of standby. The S868 supports a wide range of GSM services such as Conference Call, Alternate Line Service, Advice of Charge/Charging and Fixed Dialing Numbers. A full range of matching accessories with a 1-year world-wide warranty are also available.

Other features of the Ericsson S868 dual band phone:

  • Last Dialed Number to reach the last 15 dialed numbers
  • Received Calls to show the last 10 received calls
  • Missed Calls to show the last 10 missed calls
  • Phone Book to store 99 numbers with accompanying names in addition to those on the SIM card
  • 15 ring signals, including melodies and Own Melody
  • Compatible with Ericsson Mobile Data products like MC 16, DI 27 and DC 23
  • Weighs 172 g with kit battery

The Ericsson S868 dual band phone is available across many European countries mid-October 1998 and will be available on all GSM 900 and 1800 markets worldwide.